Posts Tagged ‘Sub2000’

Ruger LC9

The ‘Second 10’ Articles as of August 17, 2013

Here is a compilation of the most-read Shooter’s Log articles by all-time rank. Ranging from No. 11 to No. 20,  the articles cover a range of topics, from exercising good manners at the gun store to the provocative question, “Will you turn over your guns” if the government demands them? Click the headlines to check them out for yourself.

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Top 10 Single-Gun Posts (April 27, 2013)

Chronicle readers clearly favor a few gun designs over others — AR-15s, AKs, and semi-auto self-defense pistols, to name the most popular. But inside those categories, individual firearms have generated intense interest all on their own. Beyond pure product announcements, here are the top-10 articles in which we’ve reviewed a single firearm make and model (and associated variations, where applicable) that the Chronicle community obviously wanted to know more about.

Gun Store Etiquette

Top 10 Techniques & Tips (Nov 17, 2012)

The Cheaper Than Dirt staff has compiled dozens of how-to articles over the years, covering purchases, tactics, storage, and many other topics. However, a handful of stories have piqued the community’s interest. Click below to check out our top-10 most-read technique items from the archives.

Customized Sub2000

Improving the Sub2000

The Kel-Tec Sub2000 carbine is a very unusual weapon. Conceived during the ban years, it folds in half in the middle of the receiver and can be safely carried loaded. This design wasn’t prohibited by law simply because our evil law-makers didn’t think of banning something this innovative.

Plain or Fancy?

Plain Keltec Sub2000

Plain Keltec Sub2000

Sub2000 with quad rail and accessories

Sub2000 with quad rail and accessories

One of the most common discussions on gun forums is about the usefulness of accessories. Should shooters use a telescopic sight when irons are available? Are light, laser and wind speed indicators necessary on a home defense carbine. Are battery-operated red dots helpful or just another item to fail at the most inopportune moment?
The benefits of each piece of gear are clear: sights provide better practical accuracy, light provide positive target ID, lasers give alternate aiming options (especially when wearing a gas mask), and wind speed indicators help with calculating long-range windage. So what are the down sides?

 

For one, all of these accessories cost money. Good, durable accessories can be expensive. Fortunately, users can amortize their accessories over many years and the benefits of having a good scope can be well worth the few dollars per month in depreciation. Most accessories also add weight. A red dot here and a white light there, plus a side-saddle with ammo and a bayonet, and soon you are looking at pounds rather than ounces of extra weight. You are also looking at new corners that can snag during use. Maintenance is another issue: a plain-jane shotgun can sit in a closet for years and still work, but the laser battery might not last as long (though lithium batteries can last for years on the shelf). Regular rotation of batteries becomes a scheduled task.

 

Plain-Jane Winchester 1897

Plain-Jane Winchester 1897

Keltec KSG with light, laser and red dot.

Keltec KSG with light, laser and red dot.

The real cost of accessories is not the weight, the money or the maintenance requirements. It’s the training time. If you have a light/laser unit, can you turn it on and have it in the mode you want by feel, without having to think about it? The simple shotguns may be popular for reasons other than cost and a large bore — users generally operate it as point and click device with no elaborate sighting or mode selections. If you have a rifle with elevation-adjustable sights, do you make the changes for range or just aim off to allow for the expected deflection? If your gun has multiple possible modes, your sight has multiple settings, and you have the option to use light, laser, or both, how long before your decision-making slows down. In offensive use, operators can configure these options in advance, but what about the much more likely defensive situation?

Should we take the time to learn how to shoot while wearing a gas mask? The time taken to learn that would cut into the basic marksmanship or movement practice. How about using a sight with a busy range finding reticle instead of a simple dot or cross hairs — would the distraction affect of all that extra information ought-weigh the benefit of long-range precision it facilitates?

 

Plain-Jackie AR15 (Doublestar "teen" model)

Plain-Jackie AR15 (Doublestar "teen" model)

Crusader AR with scope, red dot, sound suppressor, light and laser

Crusader AR with scope, red dot, sound suppressor, light and laser

The same question applies to training of new shooters: simple or complex? Do we want the laser to help diagnose issues with sight picture and trigger control, or would plain iron sights be better? Should we teach with scopes that permit observing hits and misses, or with a red dot that’s forgiving of cross-eye dominance, or stay with the old reliable notch and post? Is even using sights an unnecessary complication when a plain barrel and a trusty bayonet were good enough for the illustrious ancestors? What do you think — should we embrace the technical progress or concentrate on the basic katas using un-accessorized sticks?